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Alexa Hintze, M.S.

Photo of Alexa Hintze, master's student with the WSU Potato Research Group
Alexa Hintze. Photo by Shana Bailey Photography

Alexa Hintze is no stranger to WSU. She earned her B.S. in Integrated Plant Sciences, double majoring in Fruit and Vegetable Management and Landscape, Nursery, and Greenhouse Management, while also double minoring in Horticulture and Agricultural Systems. Now a master’s student doing potato research in the Department of Horticulture, Alexa says she plans to graduate at the end of 2022.

Alexa’s primary master’s degree project involves, she explains, “assessing how potato tuber or seed piece size may impact yield and economic return for growers in the Columbia Basin, and how optimal sizes or weights might vary between whole and cut seed.”

Alexa says that once she graduates, “I hope to get a job in Washington’s potato industry, whether it’s research and development or being active in the field with growers and managing storage. However I’m open to whatever potato-related jobs come my way.”

Alexa’s interest in agriculture stems from taking an elective plant sciences class as a freshman in high school. “I also became heavily involved in FFA which also fed my passion for agriculture.”

Like a lot of us, Alexa wrestled with a little self-doubt before applying to grad school. “In my early years of college,” she says, “I told myself I wasn’t capable of graduate school because I was sick of taking classes when I would rather be working. But as graduation approached, I kept asking myself, ‘Is this enough for me to be satisfied with whatever job I may get? Do I think I’m qualified enough for the types of jobs I would be interested in? No.’ From there it was an easy decision. Graduate school offers the perfect opportunity for me to prove what I’m capable of and, when I’m finished, will ensure a successful career doing something that I love while providing a better life for myself and my loved ones.”

Her boyfriend has been her biggest supporter, Alexa says. “Tyler and I like to go on adventures, whether it’s hiking, fishing, or hunting, but we also enjoy our lazy days together watching movies or TV shows. He has been my rock through graduate school and I’m so thankful for him.”